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It’s Scholarship Season!

This year’s scholarship applications are due April 26, 2019. Scholarships are available to Crook County High School seniors, and graduates of Crook County High School currently enrolled in college.

The Date Changed! April 6th: Ochoco Creek Clean Up

The Silly String Principal Challenge

Principals Jim Bates and Cheri Rasmussen are challenging students and parents to help raise money for scholarships during this year’s
Rotary Scholarship Drive.  The school that raises the most money will be declared the winner.

Representatives from all grades will get the chance to shower their principal with praise as they cover him or her with silly string at a school assembly!

Will you help your school win the challenge?

You can “vote” for YOUR favorite School Principal by:

Ochoco Creek Cleanup Planned – Volunteers Needed

The Rotary Club of Crook County is teaming up with Crook County Parks and Recreation, SOLVE, Crook County, Prineville Disposal and Ochoco Brewing Company to do an in stream cleanup of Ochoco Creek before high water hits. The Rotary Club is adopting Ochoco Creek under SOLVE’s Adopt a River program. CCPRD will help with logistics and collect the trash bags during the cleanup. Prineville Disposal is donating a 10 yard dumpster and Crook County is paying for the dumping fees at the landfill. Following the cleanup, we’ll meet at Ochoco Brewing Company to celebrate our success. There will be complimentary finger foods and happy hour pricing on the brews.

We need your help! Volunteers are needed to do a thorough instream and bankside cleanup on March 24. Our reach of Ochoco Creek to clean up is the 3rd Street Bridge to Gardner Street, within the city of Prineville. More volunteers means we may expand our reach outside of the City. Following the cleanup, we’ll meet at Ochoco Brewing Company to celebrate our success. There will be complimentary finger foods and happy hour pricing on the brews.  If you would like to join us, here are a few things to know:

  • Registration will begin at noon at Pioneer Park (next to the Court House on 3rd Street), and cleanup work will start at 1:00 p.m.
  • Volunteers will work in teams of four, with two people staged on the bank in support and safety of those working in stream. Instream volunteers must be 18 years or older.
  • Each team will be assigned a section to focus on. We anticipate it will take about 2 hours to thoroughly clean a section.
  • Trash bags, pickers and latex gloves will be provided.
  • Bring rubber or other boots with traction for muddy and wet bank conditions, waders and neoprene gloves for those doing instream work, warm clothes, sunscreen, hat, eye protection/sunglasses, walking or wading stick for support.
  • Be prepared for changing conditions, including winter weather and varying water levels.

If you are interested in helping out to clean up this creek, please send an email to We would appreciate having names of volunteers and email addresses so we have a way to contact everyone if we need to change the date due to poor conditions. Please respond by March 19th.

Thank you for caring about Ochoco Creek and our community!

Rotary on the Radio raises $16,711.50!

A successful scholarship fundraiser wrapped up today with some tired, but very happy Rotarians. Because of the generosity of our community, we were able to raise $16,711.50 in funds to be awarded as scholarships to Crook County students this spring. A heartfelt thank you to all who purchased ads, provided auction items, donated and bid on items throughout the day. The Silverado Quartet added such a fun element to the day…and they sing much better than us! Ochoco Brewing’s Miss Fay brought her smiles and tasty samples of brew in the afternoon. A special thank you to Horizon Broadcasting Group, Bowman Museum, Prineville Coffee Company, Subway, BendTel for hosting the event and feeding our volunteers.

Prineville’s Bike Park Becomes Reality

Last weekend was the Bike Park Grand Opening and thanks to all the Rotarians that came out to witness this fantastic new addition to the Crook County Park System. Central Oregon Trail Association, led by Darleen Henderson did an amazing job constructing this new park – and our Rotary Club was one of the prime sponsors. The park features, advanced and intermediate jumps, a pump track, a kiddie strider pump track and a trails skill development trail – all in a little over one acre! Drive by the park and see the kids out testing their skill and having a great time. We are proud of our contribution that helped make this project happen. There is a lot of chatter across Central Oregon about this park as there is no other community in Central Oregon that has one.

Yoku’s last American Rotary meeting

Yuko shares her customs and her appreciation for both Japan and America at her last Rotary meeting before returning home. image

Volunteer Reminder-Rotarians work the ticket booth at the Horse Races

Horse Races start on Wednesday night. Show up between 5:30-5:45. The gates open at 6 pm. Wear your Rotary shirt if you have one! We will also have the Rotary aprons.

Yuko to speak at Tuesday’s lunch meeting

Yuko will be doing a presentation about Japan at Tuesday’s noon meeting. Come help support Yuko and say goodbye. She will be leaving us on the 14th.   


The 2016 Rotary Club of Crook County Scholarship deadline has been extended to Friday, April 29th.  $15,000 is available to award in scholarships this year thanks to the generous contributions of community members.  Pursuing higher education is vital to your career success.  We’d love to help you obtain your dreams, so fill out the scholarship applications today!  Scholarship applications are for Crook County graduates – those graduating in 2016 and those currently in college.  Select the appropriate application: 2016 High School Graduate     application    College Student Application

Mary Flegel-Scholarship Recipient Highlight

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Mary Flegel, a Rotary scholarship recipient, is highlighted on  A successful college graduate returns home to further the agriculture industry.  Making Prineville proud…

a BIG thank you

The 2015 Dollars for Scholars event was a huge success!  We’d like to thank all who participated in buying ads, donating auction items, joining our Beavers vs. Ducks challenge, dedicating songs, and just having fun while raising money to provide Rotary scholarships to Crook County youth.  Your generosity and dedication to our community makes us proud to call this beautiful place ‘home’.

A special thank you goes out to Horizon Broadcasting and Bowman Museum for making this event possible.  Their commitment is greatly appreciated by each and every one of our Rotary members.  We couldn’t to do this without you!

Bucket List: Helicopter Ride…check!

Call now, 541-441-6239, to bid on this. Take in the beautiful Central Oregon landscape from a whole new level.  Hillsboro Aviation donated a helicopter ride or if you’d rather, you can choose an airplane ride.  We are proud to have this company call Prineville home and thank them for their support of Crook County Rotary’s Dollars for Scholars program.

PAC Membership Auction Item

Feeling sluggish? Call 541-447-6239 to bid on Prineville Athletic Club’s 1 month membership and get in shape for summer!  Donations support the Rotary Club of Crook County’s Scholarship Program.

Hungry??  Bid on lunch at Dad’s 

 Call 541-447-6239 to bid on a gift certificate for 2 cheeseburgers, fries & drinks from Dad’s Place! 


Song Requests

April Fool’s Day is coming and that means Dollars for Scholars Radiothon needs your song request!  Take advantage of this unique April Fool’s opportunity and start thinking of songs you want to dedicate in the playful spirit of April Fool’s Day.  For a small donation to the Rotary Scholarship Fund, we’ll play the song of your choice.  Join us April 1st on KRCO Country’s Greatest Hits 690 AM / 96.9 FM.

2014 Dollars for Scholars Fundraising Radio Broadcast

The Rotary Club of Crook County in conjunction with Horizon Broadcasting will host their annual Dollars for Scholars Radiothon on Tuesday April 1, 2014.  The day-long radio broadcast (6 am to 6 pm) will air live from the Bowman Museum Building in downtown Prineville featuring local Rotarians playing song requests for listeners and reading local business advertisements for those who contribute to the Rotary Scholarship Fund.  The fund benefits CrookCountyHigh School graduates who seek to further their education.

KRCO Country’s Greatest Hits – AM 690 and FM 96.9 contributes the airtime to make the Radiothon possible, as it has since 1996 when the program first aired.  This year, the program will feature Horizon Broadcasting Group air personalities, Dave Clemens and Donna Britt, members of the Rotary Club of Crook County and a few surprise guests.

New to the fundraiser this year, local businesses in the 200 Block of North Main Street will participate with Rotary in a day-long “Block Party” to promote “Dollars for Scholars” in CrookCounty and benefit our students.

To date, the Rotary Dollars for Scholars program has raised over $182,000 to benefit CrookCounty students.  In 2013 $13,000 was awarded to graduating seniors and college students.

To purchase a business ad or request a song (remember its April Fools, so have fun!), contact your favorite Crook County Rotary member.


Rotary President:  Mike Hornback, State Farm Insurance, 541-447-5524

Dollars for Scholars Committee Chair:  Kathy Gaillard, Washington Federal, 541-788-6741


Dictionaries Help Elementary School Students

Dictionary Thank You

This is just one of the many thank you letters we received from students, teachers and principals letting us know just how much the dictionaries provided by our Rotary Club are used.  Dictionaries are distributed to all third grade students in Crook County each year.

Shots for Tots

BE WISE – IMMUNIZE for a healthy start in life.  Shots for Tots is this Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at Crooked River Elementary.  Under 18 and haven’t received your flu shot yet?  Need to get your children immunized for school?  Come down between 10:00 and 2:00.  Crook County Rotary will be assisting the Crook County Health Department as they update immunizations.  Be sure to bring their shot records.